The fishing on Lake Conroe is good and well into its summer pattern. The water temperature this morning was 81 degrees at the dam first thing in the morning. Later in the day it warms up to the mid to high 80’s to low 90’s with no showers and clouds to cool it down some. The level of the lake is 199.45 feet above sea level, 201 feet is pool.
Black bass fishing is fair to good and the best fishing is at daylight and dark. Even with the water cooling down a little the main lure presentation should be slow. The lake right now is still stratified so most of the fish will be in water down to about 16 feet deep where there is enough oxygen to survive and the water temperature will be tolerable for them. Texas rigged soft plastics in Watermelon colors and crankbaits are working well. The best locations will be in any shade around almost any structure.
Catfish are good. Channel cats and smaller blues, 1 ½ to 3 pounds, can be caught on baited holes on humps and ledges from 16 to 20 feet deep. Liver or shrimp dipped in punch baits are working well. Jug lines baited with cut bream or shad are producing good catches in water 25 feet deep on the top hooks at 10 to 15 feet deep at night.
Hybrid stripers are being found down with the catfish biting on liver on baited holes. Some may be found on humps and points drifting live bait or trolling.
Bream are good around the marinas, dock, along the shore, rocks, and riprap from 5 to 15 feet deep. Big bream are plentiful and large hand size bream have been caught on meal worms or night crawlers. Bream caught on light tackle is hard to beat for fun for the family as well as good eating.
Crappie fishing is slow to fair and catches are reported on brush and other structure in water around 15 feet deep. Jigs or minnows are working well now and expect a number of undersized fish in with the keepers.